The Ferrari 488 Spider has finally been revealed. Not only is it Ferrari’s most powerful mid-rear-engined V8 convertible to feature a retractable hard top, but it’s also “the most aerodynamically efficient Ferrari spider ever built.”
As the convertible version of the 488 GTB coupe and the replacement for the 458 Spider, the 488 Spider is distinguished by a retractable hard top that folds backwards in two overlapping sections, taking only 14 seconds to fully operate.
It features a spaceframe chassis made of 11 different aluminium alloys and other noble metals (e.g. magnesium) that grants it the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness as the 488 GTB, as well as a 25 percent improvement in chassis performance over the 458 Spider.
The 488 Spider comes with a blown spoiler, an aerodynamic underbody that incorporates vortex generators, and an electric glass rear wind stop that can be adjusted.
Power is provided by the same 3.9-liter V8 twin-turbo engine as the 488 GTB, cranking out 660 horsepower (670 PS) at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm (560 lb-ft.) of torque at 3,000 rpm. That’s enough to launch the Italian supercar from 0 to 100 km/h sprint (62 mph) in 3 seconds and to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 8.7 seconds before reaching a top speed of 326 km/h (203 mph).
The Ferrari 488 Spider debuts at the 2016 Frankfurt Motor Show. Have you seen a more attractive convertible?